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Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

Last Week, Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda outlined an ambitious new program for New York that would finally enable all state residents to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy. The program, Shared Solar, as outlined by the governor, would

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You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

If you have $5,000, you can now buy a part of the World Trade Center and own an iconic piece of New York City. The developers of Three World Trade Center are turning to crowdfunding to drum up excitement and help pay for the forthcoming building, which is

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Do you think you’d be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday movement and start their weeks off with an animal-free meal. The health and

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Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

Inhabitat editor and LES snowman neighbor Jill Fehrenbacher said: “I am so thrilled to see the big carrot-nosed guy back on the corner! We missed him until now since we didn’t have much snow, but it was with happy tidings that we welcomed His Frostiness back

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

The Weiners purchased their brick townhouse in 1990, but as time went on Lawrence, a renowned conceptual artist, began to outgrow his workspace within the home. To make more room, LOT-EK added a third floor onto the 2 story structure as well as a penthouse

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many

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zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

Unlike more “rustic” interpretations of off-the-grid living, zeroHouse offers an experience that is near luxury at every turn. Intended to house up to 4 adults, zeroHouse has two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, and one bathroom that features both

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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

Photo © Jackie Snow for Wilder Quarterly, used with permission. This article was originally published in February 2012.

Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak prospect, but Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

For ten years, New York City subway cars have been helping the environment, not just by offering up green transportation, but by rebuilding fragile eco-systems on the seabed along the coast. After a life of transporting New Yorkers all around the city, MTA train

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Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Located Wainscott, NY, the luxury vacation home is set in a wooded three-acre site, offering an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of NYC. The home’s six bedrooms, seven baths, media room, pool house, rooftop deck and numerous screened-in porches

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the lush vertical garden hugs the eatery’s rear marble dining room. The verdant

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy

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Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

Will Hart Island’s macabre past finally be laid to rest? Last week, Bronx Community Board 10 passed City Council legislation that would pave the way to transform the isolated burial ground section of the island into a city park. Under the new guidelines, the responsibility

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

The 10,923-square-foot condo is housed in the luxurious mixed-used building on West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues. At 1,000-feet-tall, One57 is currently the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere – at least for the time-being.

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What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

Ateliergeorges Studio’s design, From Infrastructure to Urban Renewal, focuses on connecting the city’s existing transportation systems into a new urban transit hub while simultaneously enhancing and interconnecting the surrounding green spaces and neighborhoods

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Open to grand views on three sides, “Villa for an Aviator” comprises raised and stacked vertical volumes that mimic the motion of an ascending plane. Rather than keep a plane’s streamlined form, Urban Office Architecture reconstructs the aeronautical components

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Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

If chosen for the event, Lockhart-Krause’s balloon swing would be located in a small clearing in the park adjacent to the East River in Long Island City. According to the architect, it was this particular space with its serene grove of trees that inspired

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN’s Matthias Hollwich, Brad Engelsman, Jerry Figurski, Fan Zhang, Brandon Conde and Andrew McBride designed the inventive structure in collaboration with YOTEL and Synapse Development Group, garnering inspiration from traditional architectural elements

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Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Thousands of people pass by Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue every day, but many are unaware of the unique “urban room” that lies within its block-long commercial base. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and completed in 2005, Beacon Court is

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Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Looking to turn a new leaf in 2015, Alta Bicycle Share has rebranded under the new name Motivate. It’s no secret that the organizers behind Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program in New York and New Jersey, were looking for a new start considering the

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Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

The New York Police Department has been ordered to release details on the covert X-ray vans they have been using to search for bombs around they city. The equipment in the vans is basically an older version of the backscatter machines removed from the nation’s

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City – is it legal or isn’t it? – but now it’s getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be holding a hearing about Airbnb on January 20th and they want to hear from

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “BKLYN Designs shows off the very best that Brooklyn has to offer when it

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“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one, but two entries as this year’s winners. As part of the ever popular FIGMENT festival

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Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

RES4’s Loft-Within-a-Loft is essentially a single, over-sized piece of millwork that divides up a large main room into three separate spaces: a new bedroom, a play space beneath it, and the existing living room. The main challenge was to create a stairway

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first sustainable steps towards compensating for the amount of energy and cost

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Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Hundreds of Co-op City residents met with Health Department officials on Tuesday to discuss a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease thought to be caused by a contaminated cooling tower in the Bronx complex. A dozen cases of the potentially deadly form

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported

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Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Here’s your chance to become a real card-carrying New Yorker. On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the launch of an ambitious identity card program for residents of all five New York City boroughs. The IDNYC

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Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Great news for Jersey City bike riders! New Jersey lawmakers and Alta Bicycle Share have announced that the city will soon be launching its own bike share program. Although no sponsor has been announced yet, the Jersey version is expected to be quite similar

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

Philip Johnson designed the Glass House as a weekend retreat for himself and his partner, art critic David Whitney. Set on a sprawling plot that was originally 47 acres and lined with forest, the Glass House was accompanied by a Brick House for guests, a pool,

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200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

H&M brand COS recently opened the doors to its new Soho store, but the clothes may be overshadowed by another feature in the space – a 200-year-old “haunted” well! Uncovered by Scouting NY’s Nick Carr, the historic brick structure is displayed rather

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NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

The dropping price of solar technology is sparking the interest of New York City real estate developers. The roof of the luxurious Atelier building on West 42nd Street was decked out with solar panels back in 2011, and many other buildings in the area are

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Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

The administration of New York City mayor Bill De Blasio announced today a ban on single-use styrofoam products starting on July 1st, 2015. The decision follows a long-awaited determination by the Department of Sanitation that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is

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Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

Repurposed buidings always make our hearts happy, but when they’re converted into learning spaces, well, we’re head over heels. The Bronx Charter School for Arts is a perfect example of an old factory turned new again for a great reason. Built with 80%

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NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

Get ready to double up on your long johns, folks. It looks like a major blast of frigid weather is about to bear down on the tri-state area. According to NBC New York, the most recent forecast is calling for “dangerously cold air” that could make for some hazardous

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PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

According to the Master Plan, 45 percent of future park area consists of garbage/landfill mounds. The North and South mounds are currently capped to prevent leaking of gases and toxic leachate from decomposing garbage. Capping of the East should be finished

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